MD Alert - again


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MikeK
February 14, 2004, 10:45 AM
From Jim Purtillo's Direct-Action:

MDRKBA ALERT: SITREP OF February 13, 2004

1. SEMI-AUTO FIREARM BAN: It was a busy week of battles over what proponents
claimed are "assault weapons" but which we know would be a ban on nearly all
semi-auto firearms. The Tuesday hearing on SB 288 was long and heated, but
most staff of key senators will remember this as the week that office life as
they knew it changed, as gun owners - you! - poured on the calls and letters
as never before. One confirmed to me today she logged over 1000 phone calls
on this bill, while the next office over logged over 800 - all opposed to new
gun control. That's an outstanding effort which really gave us something to
work with in town - THANK YOU!

SB 288 was considered by the key committee at a work session on Thursday, but
then put on hold before any voting. It remains active and will return for the
committee to consider next week. Should it advance from the committee, we'll
have immediate action items for you as we will need to reach a broader set of
Senators who will consider it shortly afterwards. Stay tuned!

2. HOUSE VERSION OF SEMI-AUTO BAN LAUNCHED TODAY: HB 1298 went in the hopper
today, a companion bill to SB 288 above (meaning the same text as the Senate
version.) This bill has nearly 70 co-sponsors - just short of a bare majority
needed to pass it from the full House. That's bad! The bill goes to the House
Judiciary Committee for consideration. No hearing is yet scheduled for it but
we will advise when it is time to sound off to its committee members, just as
we did for the Senate side. Stay tuned!

3. HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON OTHER GUN BILLS IN SENATE: They're spread about on
dates in March - full details shortly at www.myguns.net

4. MPFO'S LATEST FUND RAISER IS DEDICATED TO POLITICAL PAY BACK: Marylanders
for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (MPFO) has launched a fund raiser
with all proceeds dedicated to the ouster of any legislator who promoted the
assault weapon bans in Annapolis. We have a lot of payback to deliver, so we
have a lot of raffle tickets to sell! Win a tactical carbine (what the gun-
banners would call an "assault weapon" ... with attitude, we might add!) for
a $5 donation. Details at www.myguns.net

5. PRIMARY DRAWS NEAR - MAKE SURE YOU'RE THERE FOR OUR FRIENDS! Congressman
Roscoe Bartlett is one of our best friends in Washington and very deserving
of your maximum support. His constituents in Western Maryland should make
every effort to ensure he heads back to Washington! Call 240 446 0077 to get
more information about how YOU can help - not least of which to post a sign
for Roscoe in your yard or volunteer to help him at the polls on March 2.

Gunowners on eastern shore should make the same effort for Rich Colburn, our
pro-gun state Senator who intends to move up to congress. Let's make it real!
Call 410 479 1402 or email at colburnforcongress @ hotmail.com for details on
getting involved and for a yard sign.


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